Long-Term Perspectives on Tropical Forest–Savanna Dynamics in Lowland Bolivia from the Last Ice Age Until Present

Mayle, Francis and Whitney, Bronwen (2012) Long-Term Perspectives on Tropical Forest–Savanna Dynamics in Lowland Bolivia from the Last Ice Age Until Present. In: Ecotones Between Forest and Grassland. Springer, London, pp. 189-207. ISBN 978-1-4614-3796-3

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3797-0_8

Abstract

Tropical forest–savanna ecotones are of considerable interest to biologists due to their high habitat heterogeneity (beta diversity), importance in rainforest speciation (Smith et al. 1997), and, for those climatically controlled ecotones, the manner of their response to future climate change (IPCC 2007). Forest–savanna transitions may be governed by any number of factors, including soil type, fire, hydrology, disturbance (both natural and anthropogenic), as well as climate, in particular the seasonality of precipitation (Furley et al. 1992). Determining the underlying control for a forest–savanna transition in a particular location may therefore not be straightforward and may differ markedly among forest–savanna ecotones, even when in relatively close geographic proximity.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Bronwen Whitney
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 11:39
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 12:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/22751

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